Ximon Lee Spring RTW 2019

The designer in the gender-fluid, handiwork-intensive collection explored the concept of the east interpreted through a western filter. In particular, he looked to the creations of an American carpet manufacturer from the Thirties “who copied Chinese rugs.”
The designer challenged himself in the handiwork-intensive, textured collection, working with a weird palette of hues including deep purple, pistachio and mint that was outside of his comfort zone. The show set — a dingy garage with industrial lights and a wet floor sprinkled with eucalyptus oil — was equally strange.
A glitched jacquard suit in a carpet motif had a “foggy” aspect to it. Elsewhere, an eye-catching mesh dress came needle-punched with yellow silk thread, playing on the idea of forcing organic fibers into synthetic fibers.
The showpiece was an elaborate black and silver sequined robe dress, produced by hand in a workshop in Shanghai, bearing the face of an imaginary avatar.
A matching shirt and pant in a liquid mesh bonded with suiting fabric to create a wet-look effect, which was at once structured and light with an iridescence, offered the most compelling and wearable spin on the appearance-versus-reality theme.

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H&M Unveils Capsule Collection by Ximon Lee

PARIS — Hennes & Mauritz AB on Thursday unveiled an eight-piece capsule collection by Ximon Lee, the first men’s wear designer to win the Swedish high street retailer’s annual Design Award.
In line with the growing trend of genderless clothing, Lee envisions the outfits being worn by both men and women. The line is to go on sale in select H&M stores and online on Oct. 22.
Known for extreme silhouettes, Lee used bonded fabrics to create items like a heavy twill denim jacket and a pair of wide shorts. He said translating his concept pieces, which incorporate materials like cardboard and plastic, into a commercial line with H&M was a long process.
“When I started working on the collection with them, they were very open to my opinions. I’m very particular in terms of the color, the material and even when it comes to snaps and zippers, I didn’t want to sacrifice any ideas that I began with. The production went really smoothly,” Lee told WWD.
The designer, who is based in New York City and graduated from Parsons The New School for Design last year, plans to show his first full collection in a show or presentation format during men’s fashion week in

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Ximon Lee Men’s RTW Spring 2016

Fresh off his H&M design prize, Ximon Lee offered his first collection to retailers, evolving his extreme silhouettes — think sandwich-board stiff — into more approachable territory. Still highly graphic in their boxy shapes, his knitwear and bonded denim pieces such as raw cut jackets with exaggerated collars and pockets are adorned with slogan such as “Enjoy, Take a Bite.” All were perfectly executed in their engineered construction.

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